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Ben Nevis

Location:NN166712
Height:1344 m
4409 ft
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK. Thousands will walk the tourist path every year to reach the summit. What makes this mountain harder than Snowdon and Scafell Pike is that the tourist path starts at all of 20m above sea level.
The nearest town is Fort William, which lies just a couple of miles to the North-West. It's proximity to Ben Nevis and the myriad of climbing routes on and around Ben Nevis has made Fort William the center of mountaineering in Scotland. Ben Nevis is also accessible from the North but there is no way of accessing the mountain from any other direction. This makes the route possibilities a little limited, unlike Snowdon which is accessible from many different directions for example.
If you are looking for an 'easy' way up Ben Nevis, then you should take the tourist path. Except for the topmost section the path is clear, and it is very hard to go wrong in good visibility.
If you are looking for something a little more interesting and to get away from the crowds a little, look at the Carn Mor Dearg route instead. Carn Mor Dearg is another Munro linked to Ben Nevis by a fine arete with some excellent scrambling. It's a much longer day, but well worth it. The difficulty of the scrambling on the arete is comparable to Crib Goch on Snowdon, but is much longer.
Route nameDistanceAscentMountains covered
Ben Nevis tourist path8.1 miles1371mBen Nevis
Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg from Glen Nevis9.5 miles1705mBen Nevis
Carn Mor Dearg
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